Thinking about getting married? Read this first
The institution of marriage has changed a lot over the years. So if you’ve ever considered it, here are a few things to know:
According to For Your Marriage:
Current estimates suggest that 40-50% of recent marriages will end in separation, prior the death of either spouse. These figures can be dramatically decreased by a number of different factors. In other words, “if you are a reasonably well-educated person with a decent income, come from an intact family and are religious, and marry after the age of 25 without having a baby first, your chances of divorce are very low indeed.” (The State of Our Unions 2011, 69, 73)
According to this article in the Huffington Post.
Good news for romantics: The divorce rate may be dismal, but remarriage is on the rise. According to new findings from the Pew Research center, 40 percent of marriages involve one spouse who’s been married before. In 20 percent of new marriages, both spouses have previously said “I do.”
“There’s so much dialogue right now about the retreat from marriage in general,” Gretchen Livingston, Senior Researcher at Pew and author of the study, told The Huffington Post. “I was really curious to juxtapose that with what’s going on with remarriage.”
According to the Pew Research Center:
Especially for those who have never wed, marriage remains a life goal. About six-in-ten (61%) men and women who have never married say they would like to get married, according to the 2010 Pew Research survey. Only 12% say they do not want to marry and 27% are not sure.
That same survey found that a trip to the altar is not so appealing for those who have been there before. Among divorced adults, only 29% say they would like to marry again, with women more likely than men to say they do not want another trip down the aisle. Among widowed men and women, only 8% want to wed again.
About Jordan Murray Jordan is a journalist who has written extensively about dating and lifestyle for multiple publications.